A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

A Tale for the Time Being

Ruth Ozeki

fiction magical realism challenging reflective sad slow-paced

422 pages | first published 2013

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In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying, but before she ends it all, Nao plans to document the life of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a...
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Moods

reflective 78%
emotional 76%
sad 55%
dark 44%
challenging 42%
hopeful 36%
mysterious 35%
inspiring 22%
funny 18%
adventurous 16%
informative 13%
tense 11%
lighthearted 2%
relaxing 2%

Pace

medium 54%
slow 42%
fast 3%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 67% | A mix: 28% | Plot: 4%

Strong character development?

Yes: 84% | It's complicated: 12% | No: 2%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 68% | It's complicated: 28% | No: 3%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 80% | No: 9% | It's complicated: 7% | N/A: 2%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 78% | It's complicated: 12% | No: 7% | N/A: 1%

Average rating

4.17